A hilltop Moorish castle and Gothic cathedral tower over the terracotta rooftops of central Lisbon. Stroll through the labyrinthine streets, savour fresh seafood in waterside fine dining restaurants, or enjoy a cocktail in the city’s enigmatic Barrio Alto district. This ancient European capital, once the centre of the seafaring world, is steeped in charm and character.
One of Europe’s most vibrant historic cities, Lisbon remains a style and culinary capital.
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Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. It’s brimming with history, with reminders of its maritime past around every corner. Marvel at the faded imperial grandeur, palaces and unique Pombaline architecture as you stroll the city.
Relaxed and laid-back during the day, Lisbon bursts into life at night. The city’s Barrio Alto transforms from a sleepy neighbourhood into a hive of bars, restaurants and cocktail lounges. Sample a local wine in a bohemian bar or discover one of Lisbon’s exclusive rooftop bars and sip cocktails with spectacular views of the city at night.
From award-winning cured Iberian chouriço to the iconic (and addictive) Pastel de Nata, this city is full of culinary delights. Discover exclusive, Michelin starred restaurants tucked away down secluded alleyways. Sample traditional seafood dishes from recipes unchanged for centuries. And accompany your meals with Douro Valley wine or a tempting glass of port.
Enjoy fine dining, a glass of delicious Portuguese wine and the sound of enchanting Fado music in Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter.
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